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masterdrago

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    SE Texas
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    Astronomy, Boating, Birding, Photography
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    RCI
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Jamaica

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  1. Totally agree "isn't obsolete until it won't do what I want it to do". I recall when a 24MB file from Lowell.edu took 20 minutes to fetch. Now the same file is ~200MB and only takes a few seconds. It can still be about raw processor power. It took near 30 minutes to import the orbital elements of 3500+ comets and using todays elements evolve all of them to the positions they were in 1977 using the gravitational influence of all the planets, moons and major asteroids as gravitational perturbers. My main desktop pc is still running W7Pro64 with 16GB RAM with an Intel core i5 and a 2gig Quadro K620 video card. Still works for me, although I did upgrade to a W10 laptop w32GB RAM - top of the line at the time - to edit H265 video files. And cameras.... not long ago picked up a Sony RX100VI. Wishing now I had waited for the VII
  2. How far down the highway from Cantwell can one go when it gets closed in October? Thinking of visiting in December and want to get into Bortle Class 1 skies if it is clear and there are aurora alerts.
  3. Not needed. If you must, it can be had at Denali Mountain Works near the entrance to the park.
  4. We used Alaska Pursuit Collections for our Talkeetna Alaska Lodge, Alyeska and Windsong booking last year. They did a phenomenal job working with DW and getting us all we wanted. Kept us informed of things that changed in a very timely manner.
  5. When we did Misty Fjords with Island Wings, we had spectacular weather in mid May except that the flyover of Soule Glacier which was cancelled due to clouds over it. We also had spectacular weather on Denali with the glacier landing at base camp with Talkeetna Air Taxi. We had the 10am flight and by noon the mountain was beginning to get obscured by clouds. So the luck of the draw sounds about right. Our several days in Denali gave us the best and outstanding views prior to mid to late day. I don't know what the stats are but that was our experience. Weather could not have been better when we were in the air both days just b4 noon.
  6. As to mosquitoes, We've been in mid May and late August. On land portions had none in May but nearly carried away in late August in the Kenai peninsula. Never had any issues on board ship.
  7. Aurora in Alaska depends on where and when. For instance Whittier on Sept 7th gets nearly 5 hours of dark time between 11:27pm and 4:13am. It also receives another 2+ hours of astronomical twilight which is pretty danged dark. Be aware that city lights or ship lights may make it difficult to view aurora. Also if your taking a train or drive up north to Fairbanks, you'll be in a better latitude to get aurora but have less true dark time - 2hr 29min from 12:34am to 3:03am. One other thing to consider is that we are still near the bottom of the solar cycle but are turning back up, so activity might be sketchy. There are plenty of resources to get aurora alerts on your phone. I use a resource to determine when the dark time is at https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/@5878018
  8. We were on a starboard side balcony for our Seward to Vancouver cruise. I know that it is most likely not written in stone but all but one of our port stops had us facing the dock. Not what I wanted. And I expect that the decision may not be made until the ship is near port. I took a look at some of the services that give the positions of the cruise ships and it appears to be a real crap shoot on how they are positioned in port. We clearly wanted to watch for sea life while on our balcony when in port on the ship. Just didn't happen. Not even sure it is even possible to determine which cruise parks which way. Next cruise for us, getting a stern cabin or will skip the cruise. The best exterior scenery we had was after leaving Hubbard Glacier on way to Juneau looking east from the port side upper deck. Of course the trip in and out of Yakutat and Disenchantment Bay was amazing from anywhere on the boat.
  9. We did the trip up to Emerald Lake via van with Dyea Dave's driver Rose (excellent), then back to Fraser where we picked up the WPYR (White Pass & Yukon Route) small gauge railroad to finish to Skagway. We had prepaid for the rail tickets which Rose made sure to stop at the depot and pick up. At the end , she made sure we were all boarded together b4 she finished with those that did not take the train. I thought it was a great combination as we got many, many great photo stops while in the van. Then the 45 minute train pull back to Skagway. A 3 1/2 minute compilation of the train ride https://vimeo.com/345258416 We stopped at the Iditarod Musher Camp A stop at a tiny little desert A break for lunch And bunches of awesome scenery Spent 6+ hours on the van tour + train and took over 200 images of some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.
  10. To go with Michelle of Island Wings is a true delight. We got to hang out on the alpine lake for about 15 minutes. It was pretty surreal for us Texans. And hey bottom-dragger, I was always confused about that spelling also..... always want to spell it like on the topo🙃 fjord or fiord (fyɔrd, fyoʊrd, fiˈɔrd, -ˈoʊrd) n. 1. a long narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs usu. formed by glacial erosion. 2. (in Scandinavia) a bay. [1670–80; < Norwegian; see firth] fjord′ic, adj.
  11. I'm thinking you are going this year.... 105cruise may be referring to the issues with 'Rona. If it is for next year, otherwise.
  12. DW is the same way about flying. Totally white knuckled on the several commercials we took last year. She had the best time ever on the 2 we took in the 14 days. Best was around Denali - way spectacular. We did have to cancel one due to RCI screwing up our time. She had absolutely no issues with the float planes and ski-planes at all.
  13. We did the flight with Island Wings. We landed on a small alpine lake known as Lake Manzoni. The views were impossible to describe and better live than photographed. Michelle is an amazing host/owner. Here is a sample of what you will see from the air.
  14. I was taking shots of a Humpback last May in Juneau. My trick is to use one eye to watch for action while I use the other to center it in the camera FOV quickly when it happens. When ever a Humpback would rise up, I would easily center and fire burst frames. When I got back home and examined the shots, I noticed what I missed in live action from onboard. What does this set of one second burst tell you?
  15. The only reason I keep one of my FX Nikon format is that I have it set up with a bellows and 55 micro nikkor to duplicate the hundreds of 35mm slides from yesteryear. I've got a great collection of Nikkor lenses from way back and new that all work great for all the DX bodies. Have been tempted by the mirrorless Nikons but it appears they just don't measure up. Cannot justify the $$$
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